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Letter to the editor: Trump is likely ‘unfit for office’

The Constitution of the United States does not require a sitting President to read, speak or understand English, or any particular language, three things required by law for lots of occupations. Writing down words, correctly spelled or not, isn’t mentioned one way or the other.
Thus, it’s legally acceptable to elect a learning challenged leader, something we’ve chosen to do. Illiterate, by definition, means uneducated, unable to read and write. The President wanders somewhere between illiterate, which technically he is not, and amazingly uninformed, considering where he went to school. Ethical adult behavior is a separate issue.
In self-defense he calls himself “a genius,” which seems offensive in every sense of the word. There are dementia-like gaps in his understanding. If voters gave it some thought and dug into the text, generally “unfit for office” is covered in the Constitution. The founders were familiar with and fearful of demented kings.
Alec Lyall
Middlebury

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